Kidnapping Hoaxer Wins NYC GOP Mayoral Primary

New York City’s Fox affiliate reports:

Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa has won the Republican mayoral primary in New York City. Sliwa defeated businessman Fernando Mateo. Ranked choice voting wasn’t a factor because there were only two candidates in the race.

Sliwa, a radio host who still wears his red Guardian Angels beret when he appears in public, got an endorsement from former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who called him “my great friend” in a robocall to Republican voters.

Mateo, a restaurateur who has led organizations advocating for car service drivers and bodega owners, was endorsed by Michael Flynn, former president Donald Trump’s first national security adviser.

From a 2006 New York Post report:

A defense lawyer yesterday grilled radio host Curtis Sliwa on his history of media hoaxes as head of the Guardian Angels in a bid to discredit his account of a botched 1992 kidnapping by two alleged Gambino goons. Sliwa – who nearly died on June 19, 1992, when he was shot twice in the back of a stolen taxi – was forced to detail how he staged another kidnapping nine years earlier and concocted several sham crime-busting stunts between 1980 and 1993.

The radio host testified that he enlisted a pal to drive him to Jones Beach in 1983 and dump him off in a parking lot – part of a plan to claim two transit cops had kidnapped him. Among the media hoaxes detailed by Sliwa was a sensational crime-busting stunt in which he claimed he prevented a rape in a Brooklyn subway tunnel in 1993. Sliwa said he falsely told police he’d disarmed a rapist who was “big like a gorilla.”